Set in the year 2032 as Johnson runs for president, the show will have plenty of material to focus on – with the former WWE performer’s father Rocky Johnson having been a professional wrestler himself.
It was not until 1996, aged 24, that Johnson followed in his father’s footsteps, having first tried his hand as a professional American and Canadian football player – winning a national championship while at the University of Miami.
While Young Rock will reportedly cover much of this ground, the conversation on Wednesday night soon turned to his mother, Ata Johnson, whom Fallon had noticed was playing the ukulele in a clip Johnson posted to Instagram, taken on a trip to his grandparents’ graves in Hawaii.
With Johnson appearing on The Tonight Show remotely from his home for social distancing reasons, the 48-year-old proceeded to usher his mother into the scene.
Firstly, she and Fallon reminisced about a New Year’s Eve when they bumped into each other in a restaurant and wound up “The Rock” by sending him joke photos of them having an increasingly debauched evening.
She and her son then decided to serenade Fallon with a rendition of a traditional Samoan song, called “Savalivali Means Go for a Walk”.
The Scorpion King and Jumanji star then protested as his mother said, “we have one more”, but joined her as she sang a second song, which began: “We love you, Jimmy.”
Fallon responded: “Sending love right back to you”, adding: “Mum just crushed by the way. You just stole the interview. You’re unbelievable. You are a superstar.”
Many on social media were inclined to agree, including Johnson himself.
“We got one more song!”
Wait, ma we do???? 😂😂🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️
My mom clearly LOVES @jimmyfallon (I think more than me, a… https://t.co/ace8L85QPX